West Mercia Police are investigating following a burglary at the Market Garden premises on the New Road, Rubery
The theft of several plants from an outdoor area of the business took place between 4pm yesterday (Sunday 3rd June) and 6am this morning (Monday 4th June), while the shop was closed.
The CCTV shows a vehicle – which has now been found abandoned on Lockwood Road Northfield – pulling alongside the premises. Two men exit the vehicle and begin to steal and load thousands of pounds worth of plants back into the vehicle.
The offenders, not content, greedily returned several times to maximise their haul, taking multiple bay trees, olive trees, Japanese acres, ceanothus, hydrangeas, rose trees.
This is not the first time the family run business has been the victim of theft – a little over a year ago (see CCTV here) they had over £150 of plants stolen in a similar fashion.
Owner of the Market Garden, Toni, said: “It’s heart breaking working so hard to build up a small business for people with no respect to just take what’s not theirs. People’s lively hood depends on our business surviving and it’s disheartening.”
If anyone witnessed the offence or any suspicious behaviour in the area, please call West Mercia Police on 101, quoting incident number 97s of 4 June 2018. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org